May 23, 1963 ~ March 31, 2013|
"May His Memory Be Eternal"
In loving memory of George John Klonizos, age 49, who passed away peacefully at his home on March 31, 2013 after a two-year battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Surrounded by his loving family and friends, our hearts stopped when his did. His infectious smile, delightful humor, and ability to make everyone laugh will be forever in our memories.
George was born on May 23, 1963 in Salt Lake City, UT to John and Rita (Katsanevas) Klonizos. George was a loving brother to Nick Klonizos, and "theo" to his cherished niece and nephew, Nicole and John. He was strong and proud, yet sensitive and aware of the needs of others. George was a kind soul who never let his personal ambitions overshadow the needs of his family or friends. George was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
In 1981, George and his family began the Crown Burger in West Valley, where he ran the restaurant with his family until his illness. Beloved by the employees, George was a pillar to the success of the business. After graduating from Granger High School, George attended the University of Utah earning a degree in management.
George loved many outdoor sports; hiking and biking were a part of his daily routine. Whether for recreation or competition, George always pushed his physical abilities. He developed a love for cycling, and went on to compete in cycling and sponsor many cycling charity events. An avid gun enthusiast, George took pride in how he developed his shooting skills.
He loved cooking and entertaining; enjoying the spectacular views from his North Salt Lake home. Frequently meeting friends and family for coffee, George took every opportunity to stay close to those important to him.
George was not daunted by the physical demands required to fight his disease, even with the knowledge of its inevitable outcome. He vigorously fought to maintain his active lifestyle.
George is survived by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Nick and Jennifer Klonizos, niece and nephew and many adoring aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The family would like to acknowledge their appreciation to the loving friends and family who stood by George's side during the past two years, as well as the incredible support from the entire community during the "Be the Match" bone marrow drives.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 S. 300 W., Salt Lake City, UT. On Thursday, April 4 there will be a viewing at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral from 6-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Interment to follow funeral services at Mt. Olivet, 1342 E. 500 S. Salt Lake City, UT.
Services handled by Deseret Memorial Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2013